Amanda Villa is on the edge of Ubud, an elegant home in the old style set on top of a ridge that has the cool breeze. The house is on a high point in the Ubud area, and so commands unobstructed views in all directions. Our open windows, balconies and tower loft take advantage of the 360 views on three levels. The tower loft room in fact appears to be the highest point in Ubud: At night you can see Denpasar in the distance and by day you can glimpse islands in one direction, volcanos in the others.
The house is at a junction of the old pedestrian trails, where the old canal path along the ridge intersects with the ancient Penestanan-to-Ubud trail, at the point where the trail turns into stairs and descends thru a high jungle canopy to meet the modern road into Ubud. Across the road is the historic Hotel Tjampuhan with its restaurant newly renovated, a fabulous spa with pools overlooking the sacred river canyon, and views of the hotel’s historic river temple, also newly renovated and expanded. There, you enter the shops and restaurants of Ubud and you are soon at Monkey Forest Road. You can catch a "transport" (taxi) back whenever you like, but walking into Ubud is worth the experience. This is the art side of Ubud, full of galleries, shopping and restaurants.
Behind the villa, the canal path leads in two directions, both past warungs and restaurants and rice fields. Intuit Yoga studios are right behind the villa with their great facility and yoga instructors all day every day. In the other direction, the old path leads past homes, shops, and rice fields into the Balinese artists village of Penestanan. Small coffee shops and restaurants have opened recently in this traditional village with its fabulous temples and culture built around them. At Amanda Villa, you will be taken care of by a Bali family that is very much part of that tradition today. They make it easy to enter a fabulous experience.
The lower floor opens on a balcony and private walled garden with a gate that opens to the footpaths. The garden includes the family temple, where incense is burned and offerings are made every morning. There is a luxurious roofed open air bale for reading, visiting, napping and massage. It is built above a fish pond. Inside is the living and dining area, a small kitchen recently renovated, and the main bath: half inside with the shower half-outdoors in its own private garden. The house has a new hot water system and pump.
The second floor is a single very large bedroom with a 360 view, private balcony, and newly renovated half bath. In one direction is Ubud, barely seen over the rice fields. In another direction is Penestanan with its ancient temples and small family shops. The bedroom balcony looks at Mount Agung, the holy volcano of Bali.
Higher and up the outside stairs, is the tower loft which may be the highest point in Ubud. Recently renovated with new windows and concrete stairs, it is now a great viewing, meditation and yoga area. It feels like the top of the world. On a clear day you can see all the Bali volcanos in the distant NW and NE, and islands to the SE and Lombok. Sunrise is fabulous from the tower with the moon and morning stars, but the stairs on the way up are the best place to view the southern constellations on clear nights!
The ancient Bali irrigation system is everywhere, with small canals in front and behind the house feeding the rice fields. The villa was designed to create and honor a glimpse into the old Bali, the people and culture, with all the comforts of the new world. It was created to be a romantic get-away as well. We have purposely used local crafts people (many of whom have worked on local temples and palaces) and local building materials to retain the traditional customs and style. We do not have AC but fans and shade and breeze like the Balinese. We do not have TV so you can spend your time enjoying the view, the birds, the rain and the people. But we have luxurious furnishings and bathrooms with plenty of hot water and Wi-Fi access throughout the villa and garden! And the views are the best in the Ubud area!
The mornings start early. At the first hints of light, the roosters are crowing and Ibu is already coming back from morning market in Ubud with fresh food for the warung. Paths are being swept, offerings made, and you often see a duck man herding his ducks to glean the rice fields. Children are heading to school and motorcycles buzzing. This is no place for late risers! The family brings incense and offerings to the temple and the best part of the day begins. There are walks and hikes in every direction, best while the morning is cool! Intuit Yoga is steps away and starts at 8; Sedona Spa with incredible massage starts at 10, blocks away; and the Hotel Tjampuhan Spa has pools and more all day from 9 AM. Each under $10 US. The area has options that compete with day trips and exploring Ubud!
The International Airport in Denpasar, the island’s capitol, is a 45 minute drive. You can arrange to be picked up at the airport by our Bali partner Ketut or a member of his family. His car is always a pleasure and his English very good. The drive thru villages and rice fields is well worth the cost (about US $50 one way depending on time of arrival, daytime is always best).
Accommodations: The villa is built for two persons. It is not child proof or toddler safe, with open balconies and stairs. There is one oversized luxurious bedroom upstairs with king bed and 360 degree views and a smaller half bath (sink and toilet) and a window with amazing views! Downstairs, the 8 foot sofa bed can sleep one. Balconies are on both floors. There is also a tower meditation and viewing loft on a 3rd floor. There is a recently renovated kitchen downstairs with gas burners, sink, French press, cooking things and a refrigerator. Large dispenser bottles of fresh drinking water are provided. Wi-Fi is available throughout the villa and gardens, fast enough for email but not streaming and downloads. Laundry service is available for a fee and is easily arranged for you.
Transportation: If you need help with travel plans or shopping, the family is English-speaking and there is always a driver that can be arranged to take you anywhere in an air conditioned car. You have the opportunity to enjoy the privacy and beauty of Bali with the guidance and hospitality of an established Balinese family. Or you may just want to stroll into Ubud and do your own thing! You can spend your days exploring all that Bali and Ubud have to offer but come home to your own Bali style villa where the cool breeze blows. Email or call us in the USA to reserve a piece of paradise.